Sunday, 29 January 2012

Pink Thank You card with webbed background

... I was inspired to use scraps left over from other projects - bits of ribbons, a small piece of card, some fabric - waste not, want not! I should do that more often really!

Thankful Thursday Ch. - scraps - Mon (few)
, Skipping Stones design sketch Ch. #112. Wed,

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sewn fabric with stickers

This is the first card I have run through my sewing machine, something I had planned to do for a while. It is actually very easy to do if you can force yourself to work super exacting! I was glad I had glued the background fabric to the card with PVC glue beforehand... Unfortunately the stitches had the tendency to go wrong when I sped my machine up - I had to find out the hard way, of course!

To liven up the subdued pattern and colours of the background fabric I added a second piece of fabric by layering red metallic net in one corner. I also added a few stickers which are printed on silver holographic foil, and completed it with a green metallic birthday greeting. The somehow contradicting combination reminds me of the song "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"! What you unfortunately can't see because they show up as white in the photograph are the silver metallic lines in the background fabric pattern - they serve as a harmonizing element in the composition.

Challenges: The Scrappy Chick Sunday Sketch Ch. - Mon - (few)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Girl or boy - baby card with duck

Baby cards with their subtle colours are among my favourites to design. I usually make them monochrome and in as near to a clear and simple style as it gets for me. The whole process is pleasantly calming.

But sometimes you just need to break the pattern if you don't want to get stuck in a rut! The result is this baby card, less calm, a lot less serious, more fun and cheerful, still bright and light. And it can be used for girl and boy parents alike which I found to be very handy.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Letterpress ornament card with an upcycled curtain background

Would you have spotted the curtains if I hadn't told you that's what they were? Now it's obvious of course... I thought I would put some of those unwanted advertising brochures we get through our letter box to a good use!

If this has inspired you to try something similar, and would like to know what to look out for when working with thin paper like this, check out my tutorial (as well as my comment on that) on the Fiskarette's blog.

My favourite embellishment is - ribbons! Which is probably why I used not one but three of them... but the card still needed a center piece, so I have printed the flourish with my letterpress which was ever so quick and easy - as long as you remember to use only a minute amount of ink, that is! Else it will smudge, no matter how careful you are.

Challenges: Party time Tuesdays Ch. #51 - Bday - Wed, Scrappy Frogs Ch. - lace - Feb